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Community Challenges

Added 06/12/2018

Our Community Challenges encourages companies to offer time off for their employees to volunteer for a range of tasks across Bath and North East Somerset. A few years ago Simon Allen offered to write a song for the project and soon as joined by singers and musicians whose daytime is spent working for the Council. Kiean of Bath University also joined the team for the day and didn’t have to shave his hair off! Nam Studio hosted the recording session.

You can listen here.




Volunteers needed for Fed Cup

Added 06/12/2018

Volunteers needed for GB’s home Fed Cup tennis tie in Bath, February 2019! Apply now to be part of a super fun and friendly volunteer team at or for more info email

We are looking to assemble a super-friendly volunteer team to help deliver Britain’s first home Fed Cup tie in 26 years. You don’t need any previous tennis or volunteering experience to be involved, but bags of enthusiasm and a passion for helping others is a must!




Lifetime Achievement Award Results

Added 06/12/2018

Congratulations to Lorna Montgomery ⁦‪from Bath Repair Cafe on her ⁦‪Institute of Fundraisers South West Lifetime Achievement Award, those who have worked with her said “we are very proud to have worked with her over the decades and to see the fantastic impact of her fundraising, leadership and volunteering” Well done!




Vegmead Bath

Added 06/12/2018

We’ve been quiet for a while which tells its own story. Due to some of us having kids & others moving away we are struggling.  Could you get involved and help out?  Its great fun and very rewarding!






Share & Repair Bath

Added 04/10/2018

We would like you to join a great team called Share & Repair to help change the mind-set from ‘it’s broken, throw it away’ and help reduce carbon emissions?

If you are interested please do contact us at:




World Mental Health Day : October 10th

Added 04/10/2018

We have been working with partners around BaNES on preparations for World Mental Health Day on 10 October and the events start this weekend on Saturday 6 October.

As part of the activities a ‘flashmob’ choir will perform two songs in three locations across Bath city centre on Saturday 6 October. Colleagues from our organisations will be joined by members of the public to sing ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on Me’ at the following locations so do come and join in if you can:

• Old Bond Street, 11.30am

• Bath Abbey, 12pm

• Southgate shopping centre, 12.30pm

The partners we are working with across BaNES are Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Curo, Bath Mind, St Mungo’s, DHI, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Creativity Works, Bath Food Cycle, City of Bath College, Royal United Hospital and Soundwell.

The events take place from 6 to 16 October and include a great range of activities; breathing and relaxation, physical activity tasters, pebble painting, how to get involved in volunteering, mental health in schools, rainy day resilience and our very own cookery sessions.

Find out more at:




Volunteers wanted for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Obstacle Course

Added 06/09/2018

Cancer Research UK is looking for volunteers for their Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course. The roles on offer are:

  • Enquiries and Administration Volunteer
  • Event Day Volunteer
  • Course Marshal Volunteer

Follow this Link for more details:





Volunteers wanted for the Owls Hoot Farewell

Added 22/08/2018

We are recruiting volunteers to help out at the OWLS ‘HOOT FAREWELL’ * ACTION PREVIEW WEEKEND * 29th – 30th SEPTEMBER

We are recruiting a team of 30 volunteers to help out when all 82 of the owls and owlets will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ over the weekend of 29-30 September at the Bath Recreation Ground.  This unique auction preview weekend will be the last chance to say your farewells before the flock flies off to the charity auction on 17th October.

As well as viewing the 82 fabulous owl sculptures, there will also be owl artists’ exhibitions, owl decoration workshops, real owl displays, owl sponsor stands, Bath City FC’s ‘Beat the gOWLie’ challenge, food and drink stalls and much more – a fantastic day out for owl fans of all ages!

We are seeking expressions of interested for the following roles:

  • Street marshals – guiding the public in from nearby streets
  • Entrance/exit marshalls
  • Owl marshalls (making sure people don’t stand on them etc)
  • Queue marshalls
  • Raffle ticket sellers
  • Merchandise sellers

If you are interested please let me know via email Banes Volunteer Services




Would you like to be part of Forest 2018?

Added 22/08/2018

Get in touch to volunteer at one of the hippest, creative events in Bath!




Breastfeeding volunteers needed in Radstock

Added 15/08/2018

Volunteering mums who are or have breastfed their children are wanted to help other mums learn to breastfeed in Radstock.

The Community Volunteer Service, one of a number of services provided by Virgin Care as part of Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Social Care Services, is on the lookout for new breastfeeding peer supporters to provide help at Health Visitor-led Baby and Toddler Hubs in September.

Breastfeeding peer supporters provide support to new mums or mums who wish to breastfeed for longer.

The last UK-wide Infant Feeding Survey found that while 81% of mums initiate breast feeding, this falls to 24% in England exclusively breast feeding when the baby is 6 weeks old.

Evidence backed by NHS England has found that peer support, can improve quality of life by building the knowledge, skills and confidence that enable people to manage their healthcare and gain access to information. This can lead to a reduction in GP visits, crisis admissions or onward referrals to social care.

Mike Plows Manager BaNES Volunteer Services at Virgin Care said: “We need more mums who are, or have been breastfeeding and would like to support and encourage other mothers in the Radstock area.

“An important part of improving breastfeeding rates is access to face-to-face, ongoing, predictable support for families and social support in the local community.”

If you would like to become a volunteer and require more information please contact Mike Plows  01225 477 115.




Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19

Added 08/08/2018

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community

The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair Councillor Karen Walker.

Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.

There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.

Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December.   You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked  The Community Awards 2018/19.

Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution.  The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.

For more information and how to nominate, please go to  or





Do you have a project that a group of talented students could help you with?

Added 25/07/2018

For the past 6 years the University of Bath’s School of Management faculty have partnered with the Banes Volunteer Services (formerly Volunteer Centre) and the University of Bath’s Student Union Volunteer Department with the aim of encouraging small teams of students to volunteer their time and/or skills in October and November to add value to local charitable organisations.


We are looking for a set of fairly simple projects that a team of up to 7 students can deliver in November. This could include :

  • Assisting you in the planning or delivery of an event.
  • Pre-Xmas activity planning e.g; maybe doing a small amount of fundraising to provide Xmas decorations.
  • Collating a collection for you e.g; food or arts and crafts items or good quality items for a charity shop.
  • Organising a simple event like afternoon tea for your client group.
  • Using their skills – marketing, strategy and planning, finance – to  carry out a piece of work for you or provide training.
  • Helping to raise the profile of your charity.

Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge may well include language and cultural barriers.


Challenge application form 2018

Please complete the challenge application form provided above, giving us as much detail as possible about the challenge and the benefits for you or your client group.  You may request as many projects as you like but each one must be on a separate form.

E-mail your challenge(s) to by close of play on FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER.

The projects will be launched to Bath University students the week beginning 8th October and the student groups then choose which challenge they would like to deliver. If we receive more than 12 challenges then myself and Anna Boneham (Student Volunteer Manager – Student Union) will be shortlisting to achieve this number. Therefore, some challenges will not get selected to go through to the final round. However, we do have other groups of students who might then want to take up some of these projects at a later date.

We look forward to receiving your potential challenge projects by close of play on 21st September and thank you in advance for your support.




Need to explain why you want to involve #volunteers in your organisation?

Added 25/07/2018

Check out our info on knowhow.




The Art of Reflection in Volunteer Management

Added 25/07/2018

An interesting reminder:




The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018

Added 25/07/2018

The Thread That Binds: Volunteerism and Community Resilience will be launched this week.




Banes Volunteer Services Survey

Added 18/07/2018

We are trying to find out about the extent of volunteering in Bath and North East Somerset. Do you currently volunteer or have you chosen not to? We would like to hear from all people whether they volunteer or not and would really appreciate it if you could fill in a short survey on the topic.

Click Here to take survey




Have no time to volunteer?

Added 04/07/2018

Heather is suggesting ways to fit in volunteering if you think your schedule is too full to spare the time




What a wonderful idea

Added 04/07/2018

The @LinkAgeNetwork and @St_Monica_Trust have launched an ACE Neighbours programme in Keynsham. ACE Neighbours matches volunteers (aged 60+) with older isolated adults (aged 65+) who want to get out more often. To volunteer or refer somebody visit




Free Dementia Awareness Information Event

Added 04/07/2018

Delivered by Dementia Friends, this engaging information session aims to make people more aware of the nature of dementia and the challenges faced by those living with the condition, and their carers.

This is an accessible course that is suitable for all volunteers, or anyone hoping to develop a greater understanding to help others.

For more information:




Struggling to exercise and lose weight? Participate in our study and let us help.

Added 04/07/2018

An interesting opportunity for anyone local that is:

  • male or post-menopausal female
  • aged between 40 and 65 years
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 25 and 40 kg/m2 (calculate your BMI)
  • currently not exercising regularly
  • have a waist size of more than 80 cm if you are female or more than 94 cm if you are male

Follow link for more information:




Can you inspire children about our wonderful waterways?

Added 04/07/2018